Each year The ELM Project welcomes over 250 Tri-State area children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease to our summer program, Camp AmeriKids. Campers ages 8–16 enjoy one of two seven-day sessions at a beautiful site in Warwick, NY. Our program is free of charge and transportation is provided to our site.
All of our campers get the opportunity to participate in a wealth of activities like swimming, boating, team-building, sports, drama, music production, arts and crafts, spoken word/poetry, and dance. During special occasions such as Carnival Day, campers delight in game booths, prizes, face-painting, bounce-houses, and the devouring of cotton candy. Evening events include a luau dance, campfires with s’mores and sing-a-longs, a basketball tournament, and unique inspirational performances by special guests. Each session culminates in a wonderful talent show, where campers charismatically take the stage to share skills and passions with their entire camp community.
Camp AmeriKids provides comprehensive and unobtrusive medical care within a camp environment. The camp infirmary is overseen by at least two physicians and over ten nurses/nurse practitioners who all reside on the grounds while camp is in session. Each camper’s medical history is evaluated prior to arrival at camp, ensuring that medications are administered on schedule and that all necessary medical precautions are taken during the session.
Additionally, a Wellness Team overseen by a mental health professional is on site at all times. This psycho-social component of our program matches one child specialist with each age group to assist counselors and staff members in managing any challenges associated with living in a new environment.